Once your son or daughter decides on a college, the real fun begins! There are a variety of issues to consider in preparing them to start college, but here is a checklist that should help you get started:

  • If you haven’t done so already, request an information packet from the college, and review all the materials carefully.
  • Schedule a campus visit through the recruiting department. This will let you not only see the campus, but also have an opportunity to meet faculty, staff, and students, and ask questions face-to-face.
  • As soon as your family files income tax returns for the year, go to www.FAFSA.gov, have your student register for a pin, and fill out the federal financial aid form. For students planning to attend USC Salkehatchie, our Financial Aid staff can assist with this process.
  • Apply for admission to USC Salkehatchie, either online or using a paper application in the information packet. In order to be fully admitted, we must have an application, application fee, final high school transcripts, and SAT/ACT scores. If the student has completed any college credit classes, we will need those transcripts as well.
  • If you believe your son or daughter qualifes for a scholarship, obtain a scholarship application from the high school guidance counselor, the USC Salkehatchie website, or the Financial Aid of­fce. That should be completed and returned before the Feb. 15 deadline.
  • Keep an eye on the mail (or, after admission to the university, the student’s USC e-mail account) for incoming communications from Admissions and Financial Aid about the status of your student’s application, financial aid awards, orientation, and other key events. If your son or daughter ever has a question about his or her status, please have them call the campus, and we will be happy to help.
  • Once students are admitted to USC Salkehatchie, they must see an advisor to be advised for classes, then use the online VIP system to pre-register for classes. This should be done as early as possible, because classes fill up quickly! Final registration includes paying all required fees, or making arrangements for payment through Financial Aid or the Business Offce.
  • After your son or daughter has a class schedule in place, they should buy books as early as possible before classes begin, in order to get the best deals on used books.